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How Melatonin Helps Improve Sleep

How Melatonin Helps Improve Sleep

Low quality sleep is a frequent problem for many and can hinder daily life and negatively impact health and longevity.1

Melatonin is a natural hormone produced by the pineal gland from the amino acid L-tryptophan and the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain that is responsible for managing your natural sleep cycle.2

The two melatonin receptors MT1 and MT2 also control the different stages of sleep and are responsible for REM sleep otherwise known as deep sleep.3 The pineal gland releases melatonin at night as light levels decrease to signal your body to rest.4

In a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study on 50 patients with primary insomnia, researchers found that melatonin taken two hours before bedtime leads to a faster time falling asleep and improves sleep quality.5

Then a 2013 meta-analysis of 19 placebo-controlled studies found that melatonin decreased sleep onset time, increased total sleep time and improves overall sleep quality.6

Furthermore in another review, researchers stated that melatonin is an effective alternative treatment to the current available pharmaceutical therapies for sleep disorders and it has significantly less side effects.7

Melatonin can also be used by shift workers who have difficulty falling asleep to improve sleep onset time and sleep quality as found in a 2016 study.8

Conclusion

Melatonin helps decrease the time it takes to fall asleep, increases time spent sleeping and increases sleep quality.

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